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Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Ummm...rude. Yeah. Y'know, when telling somebody that you think they're wrong, just be cool about it and talk to them as though you are talking to them face to face. Don't go "Ummm...wrong". Good grief. Would you want me to talk to you that way? I'm certainly capable of it! But I choose not to talk to anyone that way because we are all in this together. It's not a contest! We all share several common interests and therefore we all have a common ground.

Anyway, I'm right and what you showed to me proves it. So again: it is an arrow (or a triangle) on the left, and a little speaker icon on the right. Lean in and look closer. The circle represents the audio jack, the triangle that is on the left is an arrow pointing inward towards the circle, and the thing on the right side of the circle is a speaker. So, the triangle/arrow represents the word "input", and the speaker icon on the right side of the circle represents the word "audio" (it's for people who wouldn't have a clue what this hole is for). Therefore, I can tell that this is some type of audio input jack without looking at the manual.

Besides, what sense would it make to have two arrows pointing in towards the circle? What would that signify? Again: lean in and look closer and you'll see that it's not two arrows pointing in towards the circle. Or alternatively, just think about it.

This is exactly the same concept that Creative used on the back of their sound cards: for the input jacks, they use a circle with an arrow that points into the circle. For their output jacks, they have an arrow that's coming out of the circle. But Apple included that speaker icon because not everyone knows what these holes are for on their Macbooks. If you don't believe me, then I can refer you to my parents: they recently bought a new Dell laptop and had to ask me what these holes are for. Unfortunately, it's not as clearly marked on their laptop.
Edited by TwoCables - 11/28/10 at 1:45pm
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post #12 of 60
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So if I'm reading the description of that audio jack right, it says it accepts microphones, but don't provide power to the microphone?
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post #13 of 60
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Originally Posted by justpassingthrough;11714941 
So if I'm reading the description of that audio jack right, it says it accepts microphones, but don't provide power to the microphone?
What do you mean?

Theo only mics that actually require an external power source are condenser mics. smile.gif
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post #14 of 60
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That's what the description of that port sounded like to me. I just bought a Zalman clip-on mic and tried plugging it in, and it didn't seem to respond, so unless the mic is bad, the port thing makes sense.
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post #15 of 60
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Originally Posted by justpassingthrough;11716709 
That's what the description of that port sounded like to me. I just bought a Zalman clip-on mic and tried plugging it in, and it didn't seem to respond, so unless the mic is bad, the port thing makes sense.
Then the mic port might be for the mics that are built into webcams, or camcorders or something.
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post #16 of 60
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"Might" isn't really the best answer. That's my problem though: I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not my computer supports a microphone.
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post #17 of 60
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Originally Posted by justpassingthrough;11718899 
"Might" isn't really the best answer. That's my problem though: I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not my computer supports a microphone.
Is there a way to test it? If so, then I recommend testing it just to be sure.
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Thread Starter 
Ok, I tested it on another computer (it's a straight PC) and it worked fine on that. So I know the microphone isn't bad.

So, what can I do to figure out if it'll work on my computer?
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post #19 of 60
It is an orange jack universally in the back off the motherboard on the bottom of the IO array. If you don't find that then you might have to look for some usb headphone and mic combo or get you a Creative Xonar sound card.
    
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My computer's hardware is a Mac. It doesn't HAVE any color-coded ports. The ONLY ports that this microphone can plug into are the speaker port, and the weird port that I originally made this thread to discuss.
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